Of all the Canadian electric-car news that rounds out 2017, the Vancouver suburb of Richmond’s new requirement that 100 percent of apartments and condominiums be ready for plug-in vehicles may be the most significant. Access to charging in multi-unit residential buildings, or MURBs, has long been acknowledged to be a weak link in the transition to electric transportation. It’s much less likely drivers will adopt plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles if they can’t charge at home. Forward-thinking municipal bodies have sought to address this issue by requiring new...
Why Havelaar founder wanted an electric pickup truck: Japan's disaster
A Canadian company by the name of Havelaar has tossed its hat into the electric pickup-truck ring with the reveal of its purpose-built Bison pickup. The launch underscores the potential many companies are trying to tap as the market for electric vehicles of various types continues to grow, slowly...Sean Szymkowski
Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment
Smith Electric Vehicles plans to restart production, and will partner with a Hong Kong-based maker of lithium-ion batteries.Stephen Edelstein
Nissan To Show Electric Van Concept At Detroit Auto Show
As we count down the days to the Detroit Auto Show media preview (24 days from today), the announcements of new cars and concepts are now coming in regularly. Or should we say announcements of announcements? Evoking Honda's logo release yesterday, Nissan says it will show off an "innovative...John Voelcker
Why Would Bob Lutz Join An Electric Car Conversion Company?
Bob Lutz may have taken a part-time advisory post with GM 16 months after officially retiring from his post there, but now he has a second job too. The former Vice Chairman of General Motors--and the man credited as the driving force behind the Chevrolet Volt--now seems to be working at electric...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Will Trucks And Buses Beat Cars In The Electric Race?
Right now, six companies are vying to win a contract that would provide 100 electric vehicles to the government’s General Administration services 214,000-strong fleet. One of them is Ford; the other, a relative newcomer called Smith Electric. But the government isn’t looking for...VentureBeat's GreenBeat
In some ways, urban parcel delivery is the ideal duty cycle for electric trucks. Daily routes are usually under 100 miles, and all trucks return to a central location at night--ideal for recharging. Federal Express, which has a large fleet of green and alternative vehicles, is now putting its first all-electric trucks into service. Four electric delivery trucks, specially built just for FedEx, will go into service in June in and around the Los Angeles area. Two of the trucks, from Navistar, are based on designs from UK firm Modec, a startup that has already supplied 10 trucks to FedEx for...